Rare Photographs
 13 Feb 2013 Rare Photographs
Ayurvedic medicines being prepared in a traditional Asthavaidya setting (mid 20th century)

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 3 Feb 2013 Rare Photographs
LOKARANJAN MAHAL, Mysore - 1865

This is one of the oldest Palaces in Mysore built by HH. Sri. Mummadi Krishna Raja Wadiyar around 1850-60. Zoo was part of this palace till it was thrown open for public by his adopted son HH. Sri. Chamarajanedra Wadiyar. It also served as Royal School for many ye... Read More
 27 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
"Here are some more images from the films taken by Nicol Smith: Lord Mountbatten in meetings; Khawaja Hasan Nizami showing Nizamuddin Dargah; Nizami's Imam showing where a bullet shot at point blank missed Nizami and lodged in a wall; Nehru's residence; B/W photograph of 'The Ritz' houseboat on ... Read More
 27 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
A young boy holding up a piece of uranium ore.

My 1947 Partition Day films contain, what I believe is the first filmed CIA mission by Nicol Smith. The communists were paying lots of money for uranium ore; here is a young boy holding up uranium. This is two years before the Russians had their fir... Read More
 26 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
A sampling of Nicol Smith's rare and probably 'never-seen-before' photos from the private collection of Dean Robinson, California. Read More
 19 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Glacier on banks of Weinghin [Hanle] river - 1860

Photograph of the glacier on the banks of the Weinghin (Hanle) river from the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views mostly in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. The Hanle River is a tributary of the Indu... Read More
 19 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Yarkund Mission, Palace and Monastery, Leh - 1873

This photograph, looking towards the rocky outcrop on which the palace and monastery of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, stand was taken by Edward Francis Chapman in 1873 and is from an album which forms part of the collection of Sir James Robert Du... Read More
 18 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Capitol of Asoka's column

Taken at Sanchi and neighbouring places in central India in the 1880s. A detail of sculptural fragments (capital from Asoka's column) near the Southern gateway at the great stupa at Sanchi.

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 16 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Ancient pillar found in Fort, Allahabad - 1870

Photograph of a carved stone column in Allahabad, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, taken by Thomas A.Rust in the 1870s. Allahabad, located on the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna, is an important place of Hindu pilgrimage. The for... Read More
 16 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Detail of two sculptured architraves from Garhwa, Allahabad District - 1875

Photograph of two sculptured architraves from Garhwa, Allahabad District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. The town of Garhwa is rich in the remains of Gupta monuments and sculptures. A large number of sculpt... Read More
 15 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Seth Lachman Das Ghat, Mathura - 1903

Mathura, on the banks of the river Yamuna 150 kms south of Delhi, is a sacred city for Hindus. Established as far back as 600 BC, it was famous as an important city of the Kushana empire in the 1st century AD, and when the Chinese traveller HIUEN TSANG visit... Read More
 14 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Close view of sculpture of Kurmavatara (tortoise incarnation of Vishnu), Garhwa, Allahabad District - 1875

Photograph of a sculpture of Kurmavatara (tortoise incarnation of Vishnu), from Garhwa, Allahabad District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. At Garwa there is a pentagonal shape... Read More
 14 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
View of the Kundas or bathing places, Nasik - 1875

Photograph of a view of the Kundas or bathing places in Nasik. Nasik is one of the holy cities of Hinduism as it is believed to be one of the places where Rama spent his exile with Sita and Lakshmana. The town lies on both sides of the Godavar... Read More
 14 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
View over the River Sipra at Ujjain - 1869

This photograph was taken by George Edward Herne in 1869 and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections (India Office Series). In this view, which looks across the river Sipra towards the city walls of Ujjain, a temple enclosure is s... Read More
 13 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Vishnu on Garuda rescuing the elephant Gajendra - 1875

Photograph of a sculpture panel on the south face of the Dashavatara temple, Deogarh taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. Deogarh is located in the modern state of Madhya Pradesh. The Dashavatara Temple at Deogarh was built during th... Read More
 12 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Agra, 1860

This photograph shows a gateway known as the Hathi Pol (Elephant gateway). From it can be seen the Hiran Minar (Deer tower). There are two people underneath the gateway who give a sense of scale to the building.

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 8 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Everests three-foot theodolite made for the Survey of India, 1825-1830.

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 03: Elevation drawn in 1847-1874 of the theodolite made by Barrow at Troughton & Simms in 1825-1830. Like the Cary theodolite, this was extremely heavy. It was designed to the specification of Colo... Read More
 8 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
The three foot theodolite made by Cary for the Great Survey of India, 1802.

UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17: The 3 foot theodolite made by Cary ,and revised by Barrow, photographed on the gallery during the exhibition 'Science in India' at the Science Museum, London in 1982. Weighing over 1000 pound... Read More
 7 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Entrance to Sikh Temple, Amritsar - 1870

This temple, built by Guru Arjan Dev in the late sixteenth century represents the spiritual centre of the Sikh faith and draws devout pilgrims from all over the world. Here they experience darshan, an auspicious vision of the temple deity, receive relig... Read More
 7 Jan 2013 Rare Photographs
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Printed in Zürich - 1897

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